Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
In each of her stories, Danielle Evans explores the non-white American experience with honesty, wisdom, and humor. They are striking in their emotional immediacy, based in a world where inequality is a reality, but...more
4 ½ stars
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self is a fantastic collection of short stories. Having loved Evans' latest release, The Office of Historical Corrections, I had high hopes for this first collection and it did not disappoint. Each short story delivers, there isn't one 'weak' or boring story. Although they explore similar themes and subjects they offer different perspectives and or they reach contrasting conclusions. Evans' combines heart-render ...more
Some of the stories (Snakes, Harvest, Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere to Go), are spectacular. As with most short stories, you are left with a sense of longing. You're left wanting more. You NEED ...more
Danielle Evans’ stories are all about the catastrophic danger of living a life - subject to parents, subject to children, subject to the daily aggressions of racism - and still trying to decide for oneself instead of accepting the foregone conclusion of one's story. They are about the expectations of young Black women, of friendships forged in wartime (high schoo ...more
That being said, it takes a fabulous collection like this to make a reader understand what constitutes a great short story: unbelievably strong and fully realized characters placed in scenarios that test them as humans, but different from a novel in that the moment of the dramatic shift, the climactic reve ...more
Man... the longing, the melancholy, the impossible other reality, the sense of anger, despair, the battle with your own fool self against everything else... Man, was it unbearable at time.
If I have to pick my favorite short story I think I am going to have to go with "Robert E. Lee is Dead." That's because the main protagonist of that story reminded me of my school days as the "smart one" in my high school. It was tricky for ...more
That brilliant quote, ladies and gentleman, is from Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Specifically from my favorite story, Robert E. Lee is dead. I related to this story the most, because I too felt ostracized for being the smart black girl and quiet. All of the stories were great and really made you think about life, the human condition and how our view on life greatly affects how we live.
At fi ...more
I chose this book randomly because the title spoke to me. As a Parisian-dwelling-native-of-Virginia (you can tak ...more
I especially loved "Virgins", the story of two teen girls in ...more
The author has an amazing skill in portra ...more
Not so here. Evans writes about (mostly) young black women with brains and agency and fully realized characters. Everyone felt fascinating and familiar from paragraph one.
Seriously, she is really talented. I'll definitely be reading ...more
A brilliant collection of eight short stories on coming of age in 21st-century America. “My Youth as Real Live Tragic Mulatta,” sums it up nicely. “Snakes” the story of 9 year old Tara who gets sent to her white grandmother in Tallahassee hit unexpectedly close to home. What is most appealing about Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self is Evans’s ability to weave race into her stories without having it be the entire focus of characters’ lives.
Book review: 'Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self' by Danielle Evans
12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, October 3, 2010
By JENNY SHANK / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
Jenny Shank's first novel, The Ringer, will be published in March. She is the books editor of NewWest.Net.
Danielle Evans' debut story collection examines the lives of young black people in contemporary America and does so with a ringing authenticity in eight moving, funny and insightfu ...more
These are stories about relationships, stupid choices, and ambition. Many of the characters are in their teens and Evans has a good memory for what teenagers are like, what they want and fear most. She was young when she wrote these stories, but she got her characters right. Some of her POV characters are girls or women looking ba ...more
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